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Old 07-27-2009, 11:41 AM   #16
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Denmark and the south of Sweden

Here are Bernhard and our two Enfields at the Hamburg railway station - as mentioned, we took a train from Austria/Vienna to Hamburg because on a Royal Enfield it's not very exciting to ride through Germany - would last a bit longer than on other bikes...






We were now heading to the north, to Denmark first. The weather in Hamburg was okay, well, a bit wet maybe, but not bad actually. But soon as we left Hamburg the "bit of a rain" became a real, meaning: real bad, heavy rain. It was not fun at all and somewhere on the way I even recognized that my brakes (drums of course...) didn't want to break any more. That was really exciting now because you really had to watch out long before every crossing to reduce speed properly.




Having some hot coffee to warm us up on the way to Denmark, still in Germany.






Okay, but nothing to worry about, after all, it was fun having so much water in the gloves. Trains your muscles because they're so heavy.







I had no real ambitions to take a lot of pictures this day so a final one for the first day that says a lot to people who know us. To explain it: we are this campers who really love sleeping in a tent but on this very special day we rented a cabin on a camping ground and switched on the oven in it to dry our clothes because we were wet to the skin, literally. Although we had good clothes.


And this was our cosy cabin on a campingground in Křge, Denmark. It was our only night in such a cabin during the whole trip.


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Old 07-27-2009, 11:44 AM   #17
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Wow! Fantastic photos!

You must post more from Ireland.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:46 AM   #18
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Denmark and the south of Sweden

We took the ferry from Helsingör to Helsingborg in Sweden and the weather became better and better. We had to go north, to Bergen in Norway, but we wanted to avoid the main streets because they're no fun on an Enfield. So we found some really nice, narrow streets in the south of Sweden.



















Hmmm - is the direction right?

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Old 07-27-2009, 11:48 AM   #19
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Wow! Fantastic photos!

You must post more from Ireland.


Yeah, I can do that - meanwhile enjoy Iceland and Scandinavia . I won't have a laptop or internet in Ireland so you have to wait until September.

Greetings from Austria
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:53 AM   #20
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Amazing pictures so far, can't wait for the ones you take in Ireland!
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:15 PM   #21
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Again the Snćfellsnes-peninsula. The red sand is typically for this region. Together with the blue sky (well, that lasted for some minutes) and the green grass it's a very stunning scenery to my opinion.

Great photos Krian.

I was on that beach in 2002. I took my daughter, she was only 3 and doesn't remember any of it now

I loved the Snaesfelljokul peninsula, I drove over the top via the Glacier and volcano and made a snowmen up there.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:15 AM   #22
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From Sweden to Norway

We drove to the coast and followed the Margerite-route to the north. Nothing special to tell you, the weather was superb and the only thing I was worrying about was whether I get a sunburn or not. And I always thougth it was cold in Scandinavia.

On the way we met a guy from India who is something big here in Sweden - sales manager from whatever, I don't remember, but he seemed to be very happy seeing two Enfields up here. He has one (a Bullet Machismo for the insiders) in India he said, but no driving license so he can't ride it in Sweden.

Hey guys from India - do you really need no driving license?


Well, to the route: just as said we went north and passed a nice little town called Fjällbacka on the Swedish coast... I knew it already because we've been there in 2003 too (but with a car and a folding kajak).


So, here are the last pics from Sweden:


The coast on one of our campgrounds.




Sleeping with that view - what can be better for a landsman as we are in Austria?




Love that big granite rocks!





Archipelago off the Swedish coast. Would like to sail there one day...









On one of the 100.000 ferries you need when driving on the coast... (some of them are even for free!!!)





That's a MUST: a pic with the first Elk-sign!





And finally: Fjällbacka.

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Old 07-28-2009, 01:20 AM   #23
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Thanks for the great photos!! I love to see motorcyclists taking wonderful trips on their Royal Enfield Bullets. I ride one too-a 2007 model with electric start. I never use the electric start anyway.

Jon in Puyallup, Wa. USA

I just saw you have an XT too?! Great! I have an XT500...

Greetings from Austria!
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:22 AM   #24
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Please show close up of your pannier setup. I've tried some on my bike but haven't been to happy overall.
I'm not very "mobile" at the moment because I can't bend my knee... small accident...

Anyway I send you a message with a view pics as soon as I can stand up, I promise.

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Old 07-28-2009, 04:25 AM   #25
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Norway - to Bergen (and beyond)

Now some pictures from the stage from the Swedish-Norwegian border through Norway to Bergen.

Norway is a great country, I like the people and their language. I learned Norwegian (Bokmĺl) for a year and I think it's a very beautiful language. You can't really curse or swear in this language because every sentence you say sounds like happy singing.

I was at the North Cape some years ago and I think the best places in Norway are way up in the north of the country, but the spectacular fjords and mountains in the south are great too of course!

Well, maybe I have to mention that I studied Scandinavian literature and so it's only natural that I love everything here, in the north... the people are friendly (comparing to the people in Vienna...) and more relaxed. The Norwegians have the sea, the great sea! and they have style!




So, now a few pics of Norway and then I'm going to take you to ICELAND!





That needed some trail-skills but at last I was able to ride my Enfield to this beautiful place.








Beautiful Norway






This sign says: without coffee Norway stands still - well, not only Norway I suppose






Bernhard doing the dish-washing.





A storm arising - just short before Stavanger.









After the Storm, near our camping ground:
















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Old 07-28-2009, 05:36 AM   #26
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great pics...

da kann jemand richtig fotografieren
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:08 AM   #27
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You have a good eye for photos. I put this one in the front-page suggestion thread.



Heal fast, but don't stop the ride report.....please. :)
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:28 AM   #28
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Your photographs are some of the best I've ever seen.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:13 AM   #29
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:06 PM   #30
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Bergen and ferry passage to Iceland

So - first I have to thank you a lot for you nice comments! You're great!



And now - to make everything more exciting, I post some pics of Bergen and the ferry passage to Iceland before I start with the Iceland pictures... maybe you like these photos too...


That's shortly before we arrived at Bergen (notice: it's still not raining!)




Okay, and that's Bernhard fixing something on his Enfield. Now even closer to Bergen. (Notice: it rains)





And that's the famous Bryggen in Bergen, an old quater and in former times one of the big centres of the Hansa. No rain! Wow! (I've been three times in Bergen now and had always fine weather - I wonder if the people from Bergen only tell stories to frighten tourists or so...).






This is Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a Norwegian training sailing ship from 1914.









Some food from the fish-market



And that's actually whale! I wouldn't eat it but I'm tired of the discussion either...



Waiting on the pier for the Norröna - she was a bit late, but we had time and talked to some nice guys. One of them, a man from Norway traveling to Iceland too, told us he had had a lot of oldtimer motorcycles, but now collected cars. He had a Ford from 1923 and one from 1930, a Jaguar from 1940something... he named ten different cars. Wow, what is he doing to earn his living? And he was talking to us, two dirty, smelling, oily Austrians? Really: friendly people up there...!





Ship in sight - the Norröna is arriving!







And now: on board! We didn't want the luxury of a cabin and only choose to sleep in the so-called couchettes - these are rooms with 9 beds, three on top of each other. It's okay there because you only spend you time there for sleeping and the rest of the day we were on deck, talking to others or simply having a coffee.

The Norröna is quite a big and comfortable ferry - well, it has to be because it takes some time to travel from Norway to Iceland, from Iceland to Denmark or wherever you want to go. The longest that we stayed on this ship where four days I suppose when we went from Iceland via the Faroese Islands to Bergen, then the Shetlands and then to Hanstholm in Denmark - a strange route that took some time... but now the ferry needed only one and a half days until we reached Iceland, so it was a really short trip for now!

Motorcycles could go onboard first.




And then - together with some gannets we left the harbour and Norway and were on the way to Iceland.





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